aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Love Under Cover

About the book
In her job, she’s an expert on men…

In her own relationship, she doesn’t have a clue.

Boyfriend behaving badly? Suspect your husband of straying? Jennifer Hunter can supply the ultimate test. She runs a company which specializes in conducting fidelity inspections for those who suspect their loved ones are capable of infidelity.

An expert on men, Jennifer can usually tell if they're single, married or lying... Unfortunately, her new boyfriend, Jamie, is one of the few men that she's never been able to 'read.' Has she finally found the perfect man or is he too good to be true? You’ll have to read Love Under Cover to find out.

What the critics are saying
"With a complicated, sympathetic protagonist, worthy stakes and a clever twist on the standard chick lit narrative, Brody will pull readers in from the first page."
– Publisher’s Weekly
"Those who enjoyed Brody's debut will be eager to catch up with Jennifer, but newcomers will be intrigued, too...an honest, witty portrayal of modern love."

Currently in development as a TV series by the executive producer of Crash!

About the author
Jessica Brody graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with degrees in economics and French. In 2005, she left her job at MGM Studios in Los Angeles to become a full-time freelance writer and producer. Jessica currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Jessica's website at: www.JessicaBrody.com

I asked, Jessica answered
A: What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you ever used it in a book?

J: The scariest thing that’s ever happened? Wow. What a question! When I was living in the south of France during my Junior Year Abroad, three teenage boys started harassing me as I was walking down the street. At first it started harmless. They could tell I was a foreigner so they were picking on me. And then when I ignored them and kept walking, they started to throw things at me and scream at me. It was incredibly scary. It was dark out and I was on a deserted street. I didn’t know what to do. My mind went totally blank. Do I try to fight back? Do I run? My language skills weren’t that strong yet so I didn’t feel confident confronting them. Fortunately, a car pulled up and they all got in it. I’m pretty sure all they wanted was to bother me…and maybe take my bag, but it left me pretty freaked out. 

I’ve never used this particular scene before in any of my books, but I’ve definitely tapped into the fear of that night and the panic that settled in when I realized I had no clue what to do in that situation. I’ve transferred that feeling of helplessness to my characters many times. 

A: Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?

J: Does this count as a phobia? I can’t STAND having my belly button touched. It’s not like a ticklish thing, it’s like an out and out, “Touch my belly button and I might kick you in the shin” thing. I don’t know what it is. And yes, I realize it’s really weird. I just can’t deal. Belly buttons freak me out. 

A: Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?

J: I love The Spellman books by Lisa Lutz. They’re a good mix of mystery and comedy. She cracks me up. Her characters are hilarious. I’m looking forward to the fourth book in the series next year. 

A: At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?

J: LOVE UNDER COVER definitely asks questions about motivations. Why are people motivated to do certain things…like be unfaithful, lie, cheat, betray their loved ones. Or in my main character’s case…the motivation behind her fear of falling in love. 

A: Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?

J: Yes. Where did my “blankie” go when I was five years old? My mom says I lost it. My dad says it was stolen. There’s definitely something fishy going on here and I’m determined to get to the bottom of it someday. I hope there is a happy blanket reunion in my near future.

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